WCSA Steering Committee member Colby King, along with colleagues Jakari Griffith and Meghan Murphy, recently published an article in Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University describing outreach efforts in support of first-generation and working class college students at Bridgewater State University (BSU), a state comprehensive university where a majority of students come from first-generation or working class backgrounds. The article describes programming organized by Class Beyond the Classroom (CBtC), a faculty and staff group at BSU, in which CBtC members share their stories about going to college as a first-generation and/or working class college student. The article discusses how these events validate first-generation and working class students, encourage students’ sense of belonging, and supports the success of all students by fostering their development of social, cultural, and psychological forms of capital.
Our next conference is scheduled for June 6-9, 2018 and will be hosted by Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice at Stony Brook University. Click here for the Call for Papers. Proposals must be received by December 15, 2017.
Working-Class Notes, the WCSA newsletter, is now available on the WCSA website. Click here to read recent developments from officers of the WCSA Steering Committee.
The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2017.
Award categories are:
- Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
- C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
- Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
- Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film
- Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations only
In all categories, we invite nominations of excellent work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements; addresses issues related to the working class; and highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people.
To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies with a cover letter, identifying the category in which the work is being nominated and a brief explanation of why it deserves recognition. Please note: articles and dissertations should be submitted in electronic form.
Nominations are due by January 15, 2018.
Submit nominations to:
Dr. Michele Fazio
Associate Professor of English
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372
For more information and to submit electronic submissions, contact: Michele Fazio, WCSA Past-President at email@example.com.
Winners will be announced at the 2018 Working-Class Studies Association conference to be held June 6-9, 2018 at the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, & Policy at Stony Brook University. Winners will receive free conference registration and a plaque at the WCSA Annual Awards Ceremony. In addition, a panel session will be reserved in the conference program to feature a discussion of award recipients’ work. Conference attendance is strongly encouraged.
Details of the awards and past winners can be found here.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Working-Class Studies Association 2018 Conference
The Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice at Stony Brook University is pleased to announce they will be hosting the 2018 Working-Class Studies Association conference on the campus of Stony Brook University from June 6-9, 2018.
Against the backdrop of globalization, where capital flows across borders more easily than people, we are living in increasingly walled-off societies. The conference theme, Class at the Border: Migration, Confinement, and (Im)mobility, explores how an explicit recognition of class can deepen our understanding of the structures and ideas that divide individuals, communities, societies, and nations across the globe. Presentations for this conference will consider how walls, borders, and other dividing lines–of both the material and figurative variety–are constructed, upheld, resisted, and dismantled.
Presenters are encouraged to submit individual proposals as well as full panels, poster submissions, roundtables, and workshops that address, in some fashion, either within or across disciplinary boundaries, literal or figurative concepts of walls through class analysis. While we strongly encourage submissions that focus on the cluster themes such as labor, immigration, incarceration, and mobility in relation to class, presenters are encouraged to submit proposals in other areas and from various fields of study that advance our understanding of walls and class, such as:
- Cultural artifacts and expression
- Race, ethnicity, and gender
- Landscapes and geographical spaces
- Social movements
- LGBQT communities
- Power and social structure
- Public policy and electoral politics
- Income inequality
- Global economies
- Art and activism
- Media and popular culture
- Community and the environment
Submissions must include the following information:
- Proposed title and a maximum 250 word description of individual presentation or group panel.
- Suggested conference thread or area that will be addressed.
- A brief bio featuring each presenter’s name and contact information (e-mail and mailing address, telephone number) including institutional affiliation, if any.
- Technology needs, if any.
Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment and any inquiries about the conference to firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals must be received by December 15, 2017. After review by the program committee, notifications will be mailed by the end of January 2018. Conference registration and housing reservations will be available after March 15, 2018. Details and updates as well as information about need-based travel grants will be posted at the Conference website: https://wcstudies2018conference.wordpress.com/
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College, a two-year institution serving Collin County, is pleased to announce a one-day Working-Class Studies conference for interested scholars and students. The conference will consist of panels in a range of disciplines and on a variety of issues related to social class and labor issues, both historical and contemporary. The keynote speaker will be noted scholar Dr. Victoria E. Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University and author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies, and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South.
Conference organizers invite scholars from all disciplines to take part in this conference and submit proposals for individual papers, full sessions, roundtables, or workshops. Graduate and undergraduate students, in particular, are encouraged to submit their work.
Potential topics might include:
- Working-Class Literature
- The Worker and the Modern Workplace
- Understanding Working-Class Studies
- The Future of Working-Class Studies
- Working-Class History
- Connections among Race, Class, and/or Gender
- Class Representations in the Media and Popular Culture
- The Complexity of Social Class
- The Pedagogy of Social Class
Those interested should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to Digital Commons@Collin (http://digitalcommons.collin.edu/txcwcs/) by December 1, 2017. For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, Director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and Professor of English, at LKirby@collin.edu.
Please take a look at recently published books related to the field of working-class studies. Full descriptions for each are available here.
Our next conference is scheduled for June 6-9, 2018 and will be hosted by Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice at Stony Brook University. Click here for the Call for Papers.
Class cultures were a hot topic at the American Sociological Association conference a couple of weeks ago, not just because Michele Lamont is the new ASA president and she made “Culture and Inequalities” the overall conference theme, but also because 3 Working-Class Studies Association members worked to increase awareness of WCSA and all of our opportunities among the sociologists.
Jessi Streib, Allison Hurst, and Betsy Leondar-Wright (and their publishers) gave out many copies of a Class Cultures Caucus flyer with information about WCSA and the newly formed Class Cultures Caucus.
These three also organized a get-together over dinner which was well-attended. Some WCSA members and attenders came (including Lisa McKenzie, Colby King, Debbie Warnock, Jenny Stuber), but also people new to our network, including Joan Williams, author of White Working Class.
In the spirit of WCSA Treasurer Ken Estey’s encouragement to “go forth and multiply,” participants went out and encouraged interested sociologists to get involved with WCSA! The organizers gathered a list of over 30 people newly interested in WCSA. Jessi shared an inspiring description at the dinner for how great the WCSA conferences are, and we hope we may see some new people come to Stony Brook next year as a result.
Besides info on the next WCSA conference, the journal, the blog, the Caucus, Working-Class Academics and Class Action, participants also shared a call for papers that other WCSA members might be interested in. This CfP is for a mini-conference on Class and Culture convened by Annette Lareau and Elliot Weininger at the Eastern Sociological Society in February in Baltimore.
The Class Cultures Caucus founders (Barb Jensen, Jack Metzgar and Jeff Torlina as well as sociologists Jessi, Allison, and Betsy ) will come be working on plans to encourage some of those new folks to get more involved with WCSA. In the meantime, please continue to encourage other folks to get more involved with WCSA.
Lynn Arner, a WCSA member and Associate Professor in the Department of English at Brock University, was interviewed by James M. Van Wyck about her work studying how class backgrounds and gender shape the careers of English professors. The interview was published today by Inside Higher Ed.
In the article, Van Wyck writes that, “Arner’s work complements a growing body of research examining the clunky apparatuses by which higher education seeks to diversify the professoriate.” Read more here.